2021 Georgia Code
Title 42 - Penal Institutions
Chapter 5 - Correctional Institutions of State and Counties
Article 6 - Voluntary Labor Program

Editor's notes.

- Ga. L. 2005, p. 1222, § 1/HB 58, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: "This Act shall be known and may be cited as the 'Working Against Recidivism Act.'"

Ga. L. 2005, p. 1222, § 2/HB 58, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: "The General Assembly finds and declares that:

"(1) Many persons sentenced to confinement for criminal offenses commit additional criminal offenses after release from confinement, and such recidivism is a serious danger to public safety and a major source of expense to the state;

"(2) Under the appropriate conditions and limitations, work programs of voluntary labor by inmates of state and county correctional institutions for privately owned profit-making employers to produce goods, services, or goods and services for sale to public or private purchasers provide substantial public benefits by:

"(A) Providing job experience and skills to participating inmates;

"(B) Allowing participating inmates to accumulate savings available for their use when released from the correctional institution;

"(C) Lowering recidivism rates;

"(D) Generating taxes from inmate income;

"(E) Reducing the cost of incarceration by enabling participating inmates to pay room and board; and

"(F) Providing participating inmates income to pay fines, restitution, and family support;

"(3) Appropriate conditions and limitations for voluntary labor by inmates for such work programs include but are not limited to:

"(A) Assurance that inmates' work is voluntary;

"(B) Payment of inmates at wages at a rate not less than that paid for work of a similar nature in the locality in which the work is to be performed;

"(C) Provision of federal and state governmental benefits to participating inmates comparable to governmental benefits provided for similarly situated private sector workers;

"(D) Selection of participating inmates with careful attention to security issues;

"(E) Appropriate supervision of inmates during travel or employment outside the correctional institution;

"(F) Assurance that inmate labor will not result in the displacement of employed workers; be applied in skills, crafts, or trades in which there is a surplus of available gainful labor in the locality; or impair existing contracts for services;

"(G) Consultations with local private employers that may be economically impacted; and

"(H) Consultations with local labor union organizations and other local employee groups, especially those who have an interest in the trade or skill to be performed by the inmates; and

"(4) Requirements for the federal Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program authorized by 18 U.S.C. Section 1761 and federal regulations are sufficient to ensure appropriate conditions and limitations in many areas of concern for programs of voluntary labor by inmates for privately owned profit-making employers to produce goods, services, or goods and services for sale to public and private purchasers."

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